International labour standards in the Philippines

Ratified Convention concerning Protection  of the Right to Organise and Procedures for Determining Conditions of Employment in the Public Service (C151).


International Labour Standards (ILS)
provide a policy framework for the ILO’s work to promote social justice in the world of work and realize the decent work agenda.
The Philippines has ratified 38 ILO Conventions of which 30 are in force. These include all fundamental Conventions covered by the 1998 Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up and two Governance or Priority Conventions on tripartite consultation and employment policy.  Latest ratification is Labour Relations (Public Service) Convention, 1978 (No. 151), on 10 October 2017.  The Philippines is, thus far, the first country in Asia and the Pacific to have ratified this Convention.

The ILO continues to promote the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155), Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181), and Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169).  Information from ILO’s supervisory mechanisms remain to be source of technical assistance for the ILO to support improved application of ratified Conventions such as labour relations in the public sector, domestic workers and labour clauses in public contracts. Elimination of child labour, labour inspection and freedom of association are covered by technical cooperation programmes.

For further information please contact:

Ms Diane Lynn Respall
Programme Officer
ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
19th Floor, Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel: +632 580 9900 or 580 9915 
Email